MOL noted that the FSU owner companies have previously entered into bareboat charter agreements with Arctic Transshipment (a joint venture of NOVATEK and TotalEnergies) that will provide transshipment services to NOVATEK's LNG-projects by reloading LNG cargoes from ice-class LNG carriers to conventional LNG carriers.
MOL said that the FSUs will bring environmental benefits because:
- by transporting LNG via Northern Sea Route and by transshipping at Kamchatka and Murmansk, it is expected to reduce voyage costs and greenhouse gas emissions
- securing LNG at a location close to a point of consumption is believed to increase security and reliability of energy supply
MOL have been supporting the construction from the technical and engineering perspective, in particular the basic design, plan approval and site supervision works.